Haunted House Silhouettes With some jobs, when you’re burned out it’s best to take a break, to get away from the office and focus on something else. With creativity, however, I’ve found the opposite helps: for me the only cure for burnout is more challenges rather than fewer. One such challenge came my way a few years ago, when I had an opportunity to decorate an entire house for Halloween. The challenge was at first daunting, not least because I was doing the project pro-bono, the materials budget was tiny, and the restrictions seemed stifling. The solution arrived when I realized that the paper blinds on all of the windows provided me the chance to turn the entire house into one oversized luminary by creating very large paper silhouettes on all of the windows. DIY Braided Bead Bracelet It’s been awhile since our last bracelet DIY. I don’t know about you, but our wrists have been begging for another colorful addition for months now. So after playing with some materials that were already on hand, we’ve created a tutorial for a braided bead bracelet, which is a not so distant cousin of the hex nut and wrap bracelet. Because honestly, you can never have too many . . . You’ll need: Cut the waxed linen cord into a 26″ and 19″ piece. Tie a knot about half an inch down from the loops. Start braiding the strands. Push the bead against the base of the braid, and cross the left strand over the middle. Keep a finger at the base of the braid, holding the beads in their place and keeping the braid tight. Finish the bracelet with another inch of braided cord, measuring it against the wrist. Thread on a two hole button – two strands through one hole and one strand through another. Trim the end. Your bracelet is finished! (all images by HonestlyWTF)
Crochet in a chain #2/ Crochet en una cadena #2 | ChabeGS You’ll need a 6 mm and a 3.5 mm crochet hook, 100% cotton yarn (sport weight) in 8 different shades, 2 of these colors will be used for joining only, 24.4″/ 62 cm of chain, 1 set of clasps, stitch markers and a tapestry needle.Necesitarás un gancho de 6 mm y un gancho de 3.5 mm, hilaza 100% algodón (grosor fino, sport) en 8 diferentes colores, 2 de ellos serán usados sólo para unir, 62 cm de cadena, 1 juego de broches de presión, marcadores de puntos y una aguja lanera. ©ChabeGS The first thing you need to do is find your chain and think of the size you want your necklace to be. Measure the chain directly on your neck to decide the length. 12 links approx. in 4″-10 cm, chain is 0.4″- 1 cm wide, click to enlarge/ 12 eslabones aprox. en 10 cm, la cadena tiene ancho de 1 cm, clic para agrandar Finished size, click to enlarge/ Medidas finales, clic para agrandar ©ChabeGS Choose 3 colors to make short piece, click to enlarge/ Elige 3 colores para hacer la pieza corta, clic para agrandar
How To: Make a Homemade Snow Globe As Kate so delicately alluded to earlier this week, I am somewhat of a holiday junkie. And Christmas is the holiday of all holidays for me. I decorated a week before Thanksgiving; yep, I’m one of those people. One of my most favorite holiday traditions as a child was our little family advent calendar and now that my kids are old enough to enjoy some fun and creative activities, I’ve filled up our little numbered stockings with slips of paper instead of candy. (There have been lots of questions about my advent calendar, and what I put into it. Snow globes are magical, whimsical, and fun. The first thing you need are jars, with nice snug lids. You can be creative with the items that go inside your snow globe, it’s just important that they are made of materials that won’t break down in water. Another really fun thing is to make your own little figurines with Sculpey Clay. I decided to take it up a notch though, and put something extra special inside. Seriously- Best.
DIY Prada Rose Earrings We’re stopping to smell the roses with this week’s reader requested DIY. Prada‘s spring jewelry collection, comprising of necklaces, bracelets, brooches and earrings featuring large resin flowers and crystals, is flawlessly retro and delightfully feminine. With the abundance of assorted resin cabochons and pear-shaped rhinestones available online, you’ll have a ball customizing your very own pair of danglers. Honestly! You’ll need: Using the wire cutters, snip off any hooks or attachments fastened to the rhinestone frog closure. The tip of the eye pins will be glued to the top of each rhinestone drop. Use a toothpick to apply a good amount of glue onto the rhinestone drop. Push a head pin through the top of the resin cabochon. Keeping the pliers at the base of bend, wrap the wire around the outer jaw to create a loop. Apply a large drop of glue to the back of each resin cabochon. Attach the resin rose and rhinestone drop together with a jump ring.
DIY. Crochet Trim Seam Cut side seams and sleeves off if you use a tshirt (here I used a tank). Sew front to back right sides together. Lay out and pin where you want the armhole to go. Top stitch new side seam leaving armhole open. I did this with fringe trim as well here. 20 brilliant things to make in a jar Via: mycakies.blogspot.com Start saving your old jam jars! From cakes to herb gardens, pies to photo frames, and even entire meals … here are 20 fantastic things you never knew you could make with a jar. (Above: red velvet cupcakes in a jar. Get the recipe here). Via: fatgirltrappedinaskinnybody.blogspot.com Word on the street: salad in a jar is all the rage. Via: bakerella.com Cookies in a jar – a great gift idea. Via: rikkihibbert.co.za For a rustic vintage look, display your photos inside glass jars and bottles. Via: goodfoodbreadandmuffins.blogspot.com Chocolate muffin bread cooked in a jar. Via: pizzazzerie.com Super sweet. Via: simplebites.net Bread, cooked in a jar? Via: marthastewart.com A fabulous visual reminder of your favourite holidays. Via: bigredkitchen.com So let’s just cut to the chase – what about making all your meals in a jar?! Via: runwithglitter.blogspot.com There isn’t a child on earth who wouldn’t be wowed by these: rainbow cupcakes baked in a jar. Via: flickr.com
DIY Lace Earrings Dolce & Gabbana‘s Spring ’11 collection undoubtedly furthered our already fanatical obsession with lace. Honestly, how dreamy is the collection?! We thought we’d make good use of some vintage lace trim we had laying around and turn them into earrings similar to the ones we saw on the runway. And thanks to some tips from a DIY previously featured on Poppytalk, making lace earrings proved be a cinch! Mix equal parts glue to water in a bowl. Submerge the cut shapes into the glue mixture. I haven’t stopped wearing mine since and can’t wait to make more. (top image from Vogue.com, rest of images by Honestly…WTF)
Lace T-shirt Refashion tutorial Well, hello fellow craft addicts! I’m thrilled to be visiting over here in Linda’s lovely space. I’m from over at the Crafty Cupboard, where I like to share my fun projects. I mostly sew, but I love simple, easy décor projects too. (all of these lace-infused tops were found at ModCloth, my go-to-source for good knock-off ideas) I like to keep my shoulders and such covered, so that pretty much rules me out of the lace goodness without the undershirt beneath breaking up the loveliness. All you need to get the look is some stretch lace and a t-shirt (plus, you know, sewing stuff.). 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. The great thing about a spruced-up tee is that it is suddenly OK for date night! And I already have the fixin’s for a few more of these shirts… I’m itching for a full-fronted lace shirt now! I’m so glad I got to hang with you today! Share and Enjoy Hi!
Craft - Coffee Filter Flowers Tutorial! I have developed an unnatural love for crafting with coffee filters. They make so many easy, cute, and cheap crafts! One of my students sent in a huge box of coffee filters, so I have been having fun! Here is what you need: coffee filterswatercolor dye (hope you made it yourself! Step 1: fold the coffee filter in half. Step 2: fold in half again. Step 3: And then in half again to make a wedge. Step 4: On the flat end you will cut designs to make petals. Step 5: Dip the filter into your dye (watercolor or food coloring). Step 6: Lay flat to dry. Step 7: Use your fingers to gather the center and twist together. Step 8: Be creative! There are so many different ways you can use these flowers! Happy crafting!
DIY Proenza Schouler Rope Necklace Lauren and I have been waiting for an excuse to use colorful bungee cords for some time now. And after seeing this Proenza Schouler necklace from their Resort 2011 collection, we jumped at the opportunity to recreate our own version of this amazing piece of jewelry! Start by cutting a 10″ and a 15″ piece of bungee (or climbing rope). Burn the ends with a lighter to prevent fraying. Lay the center of the twisted cord in between the two pieces of covered bungee, twist twice at the top of the necklace and bring both sides down to create a small loop. Wrap each glued section with mason line or twine and trim any excess twisted cord. Your Proenza Schouler inspired necklace is ready to wear! (top image from here, rest of images from Honestly…WTF)
Peplum T-shirt DIY seen with Kooba “Sabrina” bag, Guy & Eva necklace, Forever 21 Sunglasses and Rich & Skinny jeans ~ via flickr I have been DYING to make a cute peplum t-shirt for a few months now but just haven’t had a chance to. When I have an idea, if I don’t do it right away, it literally keeps bugging me until I do!! And I’ve had this idea since well before my floral print jeans DIY AND even before the Jeans & T outfit challenge. I actually wanted to be able to include it into the challenge, but alas, I just couldn’t fit it in. There are a number of ways to create this cute little peplum tee… which is basically just one large ruffle at the waist of the shirt. What You’ll Need… * Two white t-shirts: one fitted and one large or extra large* Sewing machine or Serger* Pins/thread/scissors, etc. Steps… * Try on your fitted t-shirt and pin or mark where you want your peplum to begin. * Lying flat, cut your larger, men’s t-shirt. * Cut it up one side seam as well. Voila! Have Fun!
Gift Ideas for Poor Creative Souls (13) Posted by: Cathy on Jun 11, 2012 Tagged in: Untagged Painting stones has to be one of the cheapest forms of art and a wonderful way to give someone an inexpensive but thoughtful gift. I have collated a great selection here which I hope you will like and will feel inspired by. Painted stones also make great paper weights or you could use them as place settings for a wedding party. All you need to do is collect a few pebbles, get out your acrylic paints and then varnish your stones to protect them. Have fun! For tutorials on how to market yourself online, please go here